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Dear Friends of Bryan: 

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lion in scholarships to students. The only way we can do this is if family and friends 
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great students cannot get into Bryan for financial reasons. I wish there were more 
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their son or daughter into Bryan and still need a little financial assistance. Will you 
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On the Cover - Photo of the Tennessee State Senate Chamber. Photo courtesy of Photographic Services, 
State of Tennessee. 

have a duty 
to think about 

by David Fowler 

Religion and politics - two things we are told never to talk 
about in polite social circles. But Christians should not, and 
indeed, ought not, to avoid the subject. For if God is truly God, 
and Jesus is the "ruler of the Kings of the earth," and is "seated at 
the right hand of God far above all rule and authority and power 
and dominion, and every name that is named," then we Christians 
cannot ignore the subject of politics. We cannot hold to our concep- 
tion of God and these express truths about Christ and simultane- 
ously hold that government is somehow autonomous - free from 
God's ultimate authority - and therefore not subject to Him or of 
interest to Him. 

Just as there is that which is really true about the nature of 
man and the nature of God and that which is false, there is that 
which is true about the nature of government and the state and 
that which is false. And since the Church, according to the Apostle 
Paul, is the "pillar and support of the truth" and since our Savior 
Himself is Truth, then the Church should seek to know the truth 
about all of that which God has made, including government. 

However, in this search for truth about the nature of govern- 
ment, we would be wise to remember what the late Francis 
Schaeffer said about the Bible in the context of the search for truth 
in the matter of origins: 

The central purpose of the Bible is to give us what fallen man 
needs to know between the Fall and the second coming of 
Christ.... The Bible is not a scientific textbook - in the sense that 
science is not its central theme, and we do not have a comprehen- 
sive statement about the cosmos. But the Bible tells us much about 
the cosmos in reference to the central theme.... 

So, too, in discussing government, we need to keep in mind 
that the primary purpose of the Bible is not to explain government, 
the merits of any particular form of government, or any particular 

David Fowler is a Tennessee State Senator and director of the 
Bryan College Center for Law and American Government. 

Twenty legislators from six states 
attended the initial Foundations Forum 
in August, a three-day program 
designed to encourage lawmakers to 
consider the implications of a biblical 
worldview as they carry out the duties 
of their offices. 

Tennessee Sen. David Fowler, host 
for the forum, said, "It is very exciting 
to realize that there is a hunger for a 

could, indeed, have the time to dig 
deeper into the foundations for the law 
and economic policies that they con- 

was even better than I could have 
anticipated, and the speaker really 
were world-class." 

Saturday's program examined the bib- 
lical foundation for law, wealth, and 
economy. Sunday's schedule included 
a worship time and a study of the his- 
tory of Christian involvement in the 
public arena. 

political theory. However, government is an integral part of that 
which God has ordained during this period prior to His second 
coming. Therefore, in recognition of our need until then, He has 
given us in His word information about the nature of government 
and law sufficient to our need before His return. 

Earlier I stated that government is not free from God's ulti- 
mate authority. The key is the word "ultimate." By that I mean a 
couple of things. First, it means that, essentially, the power and 
sovereignty which government possesses finds its ultimate source 
in God. The Psalmist and Paul both assert that "all power belongs 
to God" and early church fathers and the Protestant Reformers 
held the civil ruler's power and authority were rooted in God. 

Second, it means that government is not autonomous in the 
sense that a government can take a nation in some direction that is 
contrary to God's ultimate will for that nation in the flow of histo- 
ry toward God's appointed ends. God is sovereign over the flow 
and course of history, directing it toward his ultimate ends and 
purposes. As Nebuchadnezzar learned the hard way, "none can 
stay his hand, or say unto him, 'What hast thou done.'" 

However, the word "ultimate" is appropriate because it is pos- 
sible for nations to deny God's authority and sovereignty and lose 
their understanding of the foundations upon which government 
exists. The Old Testament provides ample illustration of 

nations that denied the ultimate sovereignty, power, and 
authority of God and the consequences of doing so. 
It is also possible for governments, losing 
sight of their foundation in God, to take the 
next step and lose their understanding 
of what might be called the "rules 
of the game." William 

Blackstone said it this 

The Foundations Forum was the 

Center for Law and American 
Government (CLAG), and illustrates 
the purpose for which the center was 
organized, Sen. Fowler said. 

"We want to introduce students to a 
biblical understanding of the nature of 
government and law and how that 
understanding differs from the under- 
standing of secular writers," he said. We 
want students to come to an apprecia- 
tion of the sovereignty of God and its 
relevance in very practical ways in our 
society, government, law, and politics. 

"[W]hen [God] created man, 
and endued him with freewill to 
conduct himself in all parts of 
life, he laid down certain 
immutable laws of human 
nature, whereby that 
freewill is in some degree 
regulated and restrained. 
These laws being ... 
dictated by God him- 
self, is of course superior 
in obligation to any other." 

"We also want to use the 
Foundations Forum to better ground 
state legislators in their understanding 

The foregoing statements are an anathema to a modern culture 
that has either denied the being of God or relegated Him to the 
realm of the private life. Even for many Christians it gives pause 
for concern as it conjures up the struggles between the Pope and 
the kings of Continental Europe and England and the truly ugly 
persecutions that flowed from them. 

However, in dealing with "God and government," the prover- 
bial baby need not be thrown out with the bath water. The institu- 
tions of church and state will always exist and must therefore learn 
to exist together. To make progress in this area, we must heed the 
words of C.S. Lewis, written in another context, "[I]f you have 
taken a wrong turn, then to go forward does not get you any near- 
er. ... [P]rogress means doing an about-turn and walking back to 
the right road. ... Going back is the quickest way on." 

In this instance, "going back" does not mean returning to the 
days when the institution of the church sought to control the insti- 
tution of the state and vice versa. However, it does mean recover- 
ing our belief in the truth that all power and authority find their 
roots in the power and authority of God and that government is 
not autonomous from Him. Government leaders need to recognize 
the truth of their accountability to God as they consider the laws 
they make. It is for this reason that the Tennessee Constitution for- 
bids anyone from holding any office in the state who "denies the 
being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments." 

The "magistrate" is, according to the Word of God, a "minister," 
whether a particular magistrate recognizes that fact or not. The 
Christian legislator, in particular, would do well to recognize that 
fact as he or she makes decisions. 

Next, Christians, in general, must consider that truth in the 
context of the means by which God has delegated that power and 
authority in any particular case. In this country, God has vested 
that power and authority in the people who, in turn, have exer- 
cised that power and authority to establish a republic. However, 
too often, in the votes we cast and the laws we clamor for, we have 
forgotten that the power and authority we exercise is a sacred trust 
from God. We have too often forgotten that the power and authori- 
ty entrusted to us must be exercised by us and by those whom we 
elect as consistently as possible with those "immutable laws of 
human nature." 

This does not mean that the "sword" of the state is to be used 
to "make" people Christians, to observe the sacraments of the 
Church, or to believe that which the Church universal teaches 
about God and salvation. God alone has jurisdiction over the 
hearts and minds of men. However, government, in trying to main- 
tain an ordered society, does have jurisdiction over actions. In this 
regard, government and politicians do well if they recognize that 
there are "rules of the game" that we should not ignore any more 
than the rocket scientist would ignore the laws of gravity, combus- 
tion, and aerodynamics. 

So, when it comes to politics, the Church does its work best, 
not when it tries to control the institution of government, but when 
it teaches the household of faith the whole Truth of the Word of 
God, calls them to obedience to His Lordship, and exhorts them to 
live out that Word in all areas of their daily lives, including the 
exercise of the rights and obligations that are ours as citizens, fill 

of the nature of government, the nature 
of law and their accountability for their 
arsons and decisions to the Lord, not 
to the voters." 

STow, the Foundations Forum pro- 
n is limited to state legislators, but 

Eowler said he would like to see il 
ded to include congressmen and 
>rs on the federal level. "I urn 1 
stand that there is nothing else like this 
for elected officials at any level," he said. 

en. Fowler said he envisions 
er growing to be a resource f 

we don't have to recreate what has 
ady been done toward developing 

Iy policies. We also could talk 
it the practical politics of issues - 

what groups supported a proposition, 
what kind of resistance there was." 

Te also envisions a role for the cen- 

the secular humanistic model (of gov- 
ernment) that has evolved since 
Thomas Hobbs' theory, set forth in 
Leviathan. I hope I could, from time to 
time, publish articles that confront the 
question of church versus state and 
morality and law without God. 

iristians have aban- 
1 arena of politics, in a sort of 
modern-day Gnostic theology that gov- 
ernment is secular and therefore to be 
avoided. That's bad theology. Fm excit- 
ed to have a renaissance of thinking that 
came out of the Reformation, that God 
is God of all things - business, family, 
law. God is the Great Governor in 
whom all power and authority rests. We 
lators) hold that in trust from Him. 

I hope in the Foundations Forum, if 
"e are legislators who haven't strug- 
l with the integration of their faith in 
tics, they will have begun to engage 
■■e struggle when they leave. It's ^ 
>ome responsibility and privile^ 
serve in the capacity that Scriptur 
describes as a minister of God." 

does it matter? 

by Dr. William E. Brown 

Nancy Granna endured a lifetime of disappointment and failure. The 
Alsip, 111., native dropped out of high school and then lost her job. She sepa- 
rated from her husband after she had suffered two miscarriages. Whatever 
she did, wherever she went, she felt that failure marked her. 

She met her failures with alcohol, which only made her life darker and 
more meaningless. She found a kindred spirit in Karen Logan, who had her 
own problems with life. Together, they developed a tragic bond of mutual mis- 
ery and sadness. Together they tried to fight the ugliness that life had become. 

Then together they decided to give up. 

One cold day in March, Karen moved into Nancy's house where they 
drank, laughed, and cried. After four days, they went into the garage and shut 
the doors. Climbing into Nancy's Monte Carlo they started the engine. Nancy 
slumped down behind the steering wheel, crying and clutching her wedding 
album, the symbol of her only moment of happiness. Karen hugged a stuffed 
walrus and a rose. In less than an hour, their failures in this life ended. 

On the dashboard they left nine sealed letters to family and friends. 
Between them on the seat was a sheet of paper with the lyrics to Fade to Black, 
a song by the rock group Metallica. The song poignantly expressed their rea- 
son for calling it quits. 

I have lost the will to live 

Simply nothing more to give 

There is nothing more for me 

Need the end to set me free 

Death greets me warm, now I will just say good-bye 

Nancy was nineteen. Karen was seventeen. 

Continued on page 11 

Most of you know that the 2002-03 school year will be our 
last year at Bryan. I will assume the Presidency of Cedarville 
University in Ohio next summer. 

Deciding to go Cedarville after next year was one of the most 
difficult decisions we as a family have ever faced. Leaving 
Bryan College is a gut-wrenching reality right now. For 19 
years we have invested so much into God's work here. It 
could not have been better! The people, both at Bryan and in 
the community, have given us the most wonderful life imagi- 

Bryan College continues to grow in every way. I feel a sense 
of peace about where Bryan is now and the significant future 
that lies ahead. Please pray that God will give Bryan a great 
year and that God's guidance will be clear to those responsi- 
ble for choosing the new president. 

Thanks for your continued prayers and support! 

In Christ, 

We are convinced, however, that this is what God wants for 
us and for Bryan. I am grateful that we have another year to 
enjoy Bryan and to help make a great transition for whomev- 
er the Lord leads to become the new president. The Board of 
Trustees has appointed a search committee and they are hard 
at work. 

William E. Brown 

Nine freshmen have been awarded 
Presidential Scholarships to Bryan College 
for the 2002-2003 academic year, 

including two who received Glenna Ware Presidential Scholarships. 
Presidential Scholarships are Bryan's highest academic grants, awarded on the 
basis of high school grades, an essay, and personal interview. The $8,000 schol- 
arship is renewable for four years. The Glenna Ware Presidential Scholarships, 
endowed by Holland Ware of Hogansville, Ga., are given to honor Mrs. Ware's 
Christian commitment and dedication to personal excellence. 

Presidential Scholars and their academic areas include: 

Matthew Henderson, son of Gary and Marilyn 
Henderson of Pinehurst, Texas, natural science. 
Matthew is a home school graduate who was 
active in his church and was treasurer of the 
Home School Honor Society. He won the "Best in 
Show" award for a local art show, and has record- 
ed two CDs of piano music, including some of his 
original compositions 

He is a computer science major, and hopes to be 
involved with music at Bryan. 

Matthew Henderson 


Ashley Abercrombie 

Ashley Kathryn Abercrombie, daughter of 

Andrew and Kathryn Abercrombie of Winter 

Park, Fla., education /psychology. 

Ashley is a home school graduate who was active 

in her church. She volunteered and served as 

treasurer for the Youth Board of the Orlando 

Science Center. 

She is an elementary education major who plans 

to teach after college. At Bryan, she hopes to be 

involved in music and theater. 

Cathy Chapman, daughter of Robert and Paula 
Chapman of Dayton, Term., humanities. 
She was a member of the National Honor Society, co- 
captain of the Toss-Up Team, secretary of the Literary 
Club, an officer and section leader for the band, and 
vice president of the Debate Club. She was a member 
of the Bible Club, Drama Club, Fellowship of 
Christian Athletes, First Priority, and track team, and 
attended the Governor's School for the Humanities. 
Cathy is a history major who plans to be a writer after 
college. She hopes to be involved in music and theater. 

Matt Hockenberry 

Matt Hockenberry, son of Jack and Marjorie 
Hockenberry of Shelby, Mich., Glenna Ware 
Presidential Scholarship in humanities. 
Matt is a home school graduate who attended 
Summer Science Camps at Hillsdale College. For the 
past five years competed on the local YMCA swim 
team and qualified for five state YMCA and three 
Zone YMCA championship meets. He received the 
Respect award given by the Macomb YMCA, where 
he worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor. 
He is a communication arts major who plans to work 
in the marketing or advertising field after graduation. 
He hopes to be involved in student government. 

John Poston, son of Barry and Rebecca Poston of 
Chattanooga, social sciences. 
John is a home school graduate, was a member of 
the national championship mock trial team in 
2002, was a home school representative to the 
Chattanooga City Youth Council, and was 
involved with the Honors Program at 
Chattanooga State Technical Community College. 
He is a psychology major and plans to work in 
the counseling field after college. He hopes to be 
involved in drama and a PCI ministry. 

Cathy Chapman 

John Poston 

Christine Freed 

Rachel Gentry 

Rachel Christine Freed, daughter of Fred and Connie 
Freed of Strawberry Plains, Term., natural science. 
She was a member of the National Honor Society, Beta 
Club, Mu Alpha Theta math club, Key Club, the mock 
trial team, and the Fellowship of Christian Students. 
She was active in marching and concert band, and a 
music team. She was honored for academic achieve- 
ment in desktop publishing, algebra II, world history, 
Spanish III and English III. 

Rachel is a biology/pre-med major who plans to become 
an oncologist. She plans to be involved with a Practical 
Christian Involvement (PCI) ministry and in music. 

Rachel Gentry, daughter of Bruce and Marsha Gentry 
of Hixson, Term., Glenna Ware Presidential 
Scholarship in humanities; and John Poston, son of 
Barry and Rebecca Poston of Chattanooga, received a 
Presidential Scholarship in Social Sciences. 
Rachel was a member of the National Honor Society, 
Beta Club, president of the Latin Club, editor of the 
school newspaper, class treasurer, and participated in 
the YMCA Youth Leadership of Chattanooga program. 
She is an English/secondary education major and 
plans to be a teacher. She hopes to be involved with 
the student newspaper. 

Joseph Radosevich, son of Raul and Mary Jo 
Radosevich of Douglas, Ga., biblical studies. 
Joseph is a home school graduate who was a 
member of the sound committee at his church. 
He is a Bible major and plans to attend seminary 
in preparation for a ministry or missions career. 
He hopes to play intramural soccer at Bryan. 

Joseph Radosevich 

Timothy St. John 

Timothy Warren St. John, son of Robert and 
Mary Ann St. John of Anniston, Ala., music. 
Timothy is a home school graduate who was class 
chaplain, a member of the National Honor 
Society, and was been named to Who's Who 
Among American High School Students. He teught 
piano lessons, was a lifeguard, swimming 
instructor and assistant swim team coach at the 
YMCA. He has won several piano competitions. 
Timothy is pursuing a double major in piano per- 
formance and Bible. He hopes to be a missionary. 
At Bryan, he plans to play baseball. 

Wayne Cropp, '74, left, is pictured with his good friend 
and Tennessee's Third District member of the U.S. 
House of Representatives Zach Wamp. The picture 
was made during a conference in Chattanooga in 1996, 
and is one of Wayne's favorites. 

J. Wayne Cropp is a lawyer-turned-entrepreneur, but running through his life 
is a political thread that he sees as his way of making a difference in today's 

Wayne, president of Aquaterra Engineering in Chattanooga, Tenn., is Third 
District chairman for the Tennessee Republican Party Reaching both points in 
his life was a result of a journey that began at Bryan College. 

"I became involved in politics as a student at Bryan," Wayne said. He was 
vice president of the student body his senior year ( 1973-' 74), and was chairman 
of a current events forum that professors Dr. Bill Ketchersid and Dr. Bob 
Spoede had organized. 

Following graduation, he earned his law degree in 1977, and went to work 
as staff attorney for the Chattanooga Air Pollution Control Bureau. After two 
years he was named director, serving until 1990, when he moved into private 
legal practice. In 1999, he was named senior vice president and general counsel 
of Four Seasons Environmental, then was promoted to chief executive officer. 

"I liked the business side of the work and decided at the end of 2001, with a 
couple of business associates, to become an entrepreneur and brought 
Aquaterra Engineering, a subsidiary of Four Seasons." Aquaterra is a geotech- 
nical engineering and environmental consulting firm. 

His political interests moved with him from school to the work world, as he 
became active in the Chattanooga Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees), and 
served as state president. 

In the early 1990s, when his friend Zach Wamp ran for Congress in 
Tennessee's Third District, "he asked me to be involved. His efforts furthered 
my interest," Wayne explained. 

"At a more fundamental level, I'm involved because I'm very much inter- 
ested in the direction of this country and am trying to impact that. I'm conser- 
vative, pro-life. This is my ministry," he said. 

"I love to see Bryan graduates go into ministry or missions and make a dif- 
ference in their corner of the world. The political arena is where I can make a 
difference. I'm not idealistic about politics. I don't see any salvation in politics; 
there are many times that I'm disappointed with the political process and per- 
sonal agendas. But somebody has to be salt and light and say there is a better 
way. All I can do is try to influence those around me. As friends excel, I can 
have an impact with them." 

Reaching that level of influence took time and effort. "You have to pay your 
dues," he said. "I licked a lot of stamps and envelopes and was involved with 
door-to-door canvassing and helped raise money before I moved into a posi- 
tion to help with the strategy of a campaign. I was Zach's campaign chairman 
in '92, '94, and '96. Then he asked me to be Third District chairman." 

While he is content with his behind-the-scenes role, he hasn't ruled out run- 
ning for office one day himself. "That's ultimately a calling," he said. "There are 
a lot of considerations; my children, financial, timing issues." 

Until then, Wayne plans to stay involved, working to be a voice in the polit- 
ical process, seeking to influence his party and candidates toward positions he 
believes are right. 


Women's Soccer Schedule 


Southern Wesleyan 



Warren Wilson 



Wesleyan (Macon, Ga.) 



Atlanta Christian 






^Virginia Intermont 



Southern Virginia 



*Union College 



La Grange 









*TN Wesleyan 












Cumberland Univ. 





* Appalachian Athletic Conference (NAIA) 

Volleyball Schedule 


Lee Univ. 









Johnson Bible 









TN Temple 



*Univ. VA-Wise 





*TN Wesleyan 



*Union College 












Johnson Bible 



*Univ. VA-Wise 






NCCAA Regional 



*TN Wesleyan 



TN Temple 






*Union College 









AAC Tour. 
* = AAC Game 




A few players and lots of talent is the way women's soccer Coach 
Marc Neddo describes his 2002 team. 

Just 15 women make up the team, "but the overall quality is as 
strong or stronger than last year" when the women logged an 11-6-1 
record, he said. "Our fate this year is tied to how healthy the starters 
remain. If we're healthy, I believe we'll have a successful season. If 
we are hit by injuries, we will be in trouble." 

He is looking at six players "straight up the middle" to provide 
leadership and offensive and defensive fireworks for the team. 

Abigail Snead, who was the leading scorer in the Appalachian 
Athletic Conference and national scoring leader for the National 
Christian College Athletic Association, will be the team's prime 
offensive threat. 

Backing her up will be Aubre Mjolhus and Alicia Schulz at center 
midfield. Aubre was an all-conference player her freshman year, but 
sat out last season because of an injury. 

Michelle Unsicker, a freshman, and Katie Mowery will anchor the 
defense, and Mya Morrison, an NCCAA all-region player, will return 
for her senior year as goalkeeper. 

Conference newcomer Union (Ky) College will provide a stiff 
challenge as the Lady Lions work to improve on last year's record. 
Coach Neddo also believes that Covenant, King, and Milligan will be 
in the running for the conference title. 

"With a healthy team, and the contribution of the freshmen, I 
think we can hold our own in the conference," he said. 


"If we stay healthy, we'll be competitive," is the way men's soccer 
Coach Sandy Zensen is looking at his 2002 squad. 

"We're bigger, faster, more experienced, and deeper than last year," 
the coach said. But five other teams in the Appalachian Athletic 
Conference stand in the way of the Lions' success. 

Union (Ky,) College joins the A AC this season, ranked in the top 10 
in the nation after being ranked no. 3 a year ago. "I think they're the 
team to beat," the coach said. Perennial powers Covenant, Milligan, 
King, and Virginia Intermont also should be tough again. 

"We have our work cut out for us; every game should be a dogfight," 
Coach Zensen said. "But if we stay healthy, we should give everybody 

The team is building on the contributions of returning players 
Russell Courtney and Henry Barrios, defenders; midfielders Josh Ray, 
an all-conference player last year, Jamal Marshall, and Danny Harvey; 
keeper Jordan Mattheiss; and forward Vinnie Castillo, a senior. 

In addition, 11 freshmen have joined the team, with six of them 
expected to see considerable playing time. Tim Franklin (forward and 
midfielder), Chris Walker (forward and midfielder), Josh Matheney 
(defender), Craig Biddy (midfielder and forward), Jorge Vallego (for- 
ward), and Beto Villamizar (defender and midfielder) should make an 
immediate impact for the team. 

"We have a strong junior class, and a good, solid freshman core," the 
coach said. "The attitude is great, so I think we're going to see some 
exciting soccer this season." 



Men's Soccer Schedule 


Tennessee Temple 



*TN Wesleyan 
Bryan Fall 2002 Classic 



Warren Wilson vs. Toccoa Falls 
Bryan vs. North Greenville 


Toccoa Falls vs. North Greenville 


Bryan vs. Warren Wilson 
















^Virginia Intermont 
Toccoa Falls 



Oakland City Univ. 






Freed-Hardeman Univ. 









AAC Conference Tournament 

* Appalachian Athletic Conference games 

A winning attitude, a desire to excel, and an experienced squad 
make volleyball Coach Jerri Morgan think her team can be a con- 
tender in the Appalachian Athletic Conference this fall. 

Eleven players are returning from last year's 17-16 team that fin- 
ished fourth in the AAC. "I hope with this big returning class we can 
pick up where we left off last year," the coach said. "They all are 
improved from last year; they've really picked up their play" Two 
freshman have joined the team, and are doing well also. 

Coach Morgan is looking to seniors Laura Smith and Brook 
Fleming for leadership. "They have taken great strides in leading the 
girls in hard work and keeping their focus on doing the little things 

Along with Laura and Brook, the coach is expecting strong efforts 

from Anna Rusch (Most Improved Player a year ago), Randi Mellon 
(conference Freshman of the Year last year), Alissa Stoneberger, and 
Faith Phaneuf as the team seeks to improve last year's fourth-place 
conference finish. Cassidy DeRaad and Kim Barlow also have shown 
improvement and should make significant contributions as well. 

Conference powers King and Milligan, along with newcomer 
Union (Ky) College, should prove the toughest tests for the Lady 
Lions. But Coach Morgan said a speedy offense should help Bryan 
during the season. 

"We're a shorter team than anyone we will face this year," she 
said. "We're running a quick offense, and that's got to be flowing. 
When we get our offensive system running well, that will be a big 
factor in our success." 


in national surve 


r ryan College graduates lead the pack as 
the most generous alumni per capita of any 
Christian college alumni in North America, 
according to a recent study by the Council of 
Christian Colleges and Universities. Bryan alum- 
ni also received the top spot in the percentage of 
graduate participation and involvement in on- 
campus alumni events. 

This recognition came as no surprise to many 
alumni who attended Bryan College during the 
"early days." The late Clair Brickel, '49, shared 
with me during his 50th Class Reunion: "The 
only reason I was able to come to Bryan at all 
was due to the generosity of Dr. Judson Rudd. 
That man was a giver through and through." It is 
in that tradition of self-sacrifice and generosity 
that several generations of Bryan student 
received an education. 

The study by the CCCU was designed as a 
benchmarking survey to aid Christian college 
administrators in developing effective alumni 
programs and to compare their programmatic 
effectiveness with that of peer institutions. 
Although the primary purpose was to produce 
an executive summary, I began to rejoice in what 
the Lord had done when I compared the actual 
scores from each of the participating institutions. 

Bryan was the second smallest school of the 
47 schools participating in the survey, which 
included schools with graduate numbers rang- 
ing from 3,000 to 50,000 alumni. But Bryan alum- 
ni ranked number one in per capita graduate 
giving and also in percent of alumni participa- 
tion in on-campus events such as the 10th, 25th, 
and 50th class reunions. 

Bryan is no longer an obscure college in the 
foothills of East Tennessee; today Bryan is 
emerging on the national scene as an institution 
of excellence in academics, worldview studies, 
student mentoring, graduate career success, and 
now alumni generosity and involvement. 

Thank you, Bryan alumni! Representing you 
to my colleagues at gatherings with some of 
America's finest Christian institutions is truly an 
honor. Our alumni are set apart by many things: 
top graduate test scores, graduate school 
entrance rates, first job choice rates, and alma 
mater involvement. Your generosity is also a dis- 
tinctive and is a sign that "Christ Above All" is 
more than slogan to which we aspire, but rather 
a declaration of what we know to be true. 

What a privilege it is to be part of the Bryan 
College alumni family. |j§| 

What a privilege it is to be part of the Bryan College alumni family. 

Fall 2002 


ED, '39, and JOYCE 
SETT rejoice in visits from 
friends who reminisced with 
them about their service in 
Peru. They are experiencing 
some physical difficulties 
related to their age, but are 
thankful for their health and 
ability to visit with friends. 


NELL PEARSON, '49, has 

worked with Global Baptist 
Mission in Austria for 40 
years. This spring, she was 
diagnosed with Lyme's dis- 
ease and requests prayer for 
complete healing. 


DR. ERNEST, '52, and 

LEE have moved to a new 
home in Duncanville, Texas, 
still near their son, Ben, and 
his family. They attended the 
Golden Grads reunion for the 
Class of 1952 during Bryan's 
graduation in May and 
enjoyed catching up with 
classmates. They are continu- 

ing work on translating the 
Old Testament into the Koru 
language of the Solomon 

DAVE, '52, and MARY 
(GROVER), '53 NAFF attend- 
ed Dave's 50 th class reunion 
during graduation at Bryan in 
May. Dave has submitted 16 
stories for publication with 
the Nigerian national church's 
revised Sunday school cur- 
riculum, and they have sent 
illustrations to accompany the 

DON, '53, and JOYANN 
returned to Romania this year 
and rejoiced to see the spread 
of the Gospel there. They also 
continue to lead three weekly 
Bible classes at home in 
Fayetteville, N.C. 

retired this year after 39 years 
as professor of history at 
Indiana State University. This 
year also marks the 17 th 
anniversary of living with a 
heart transplant and the 47 th 
anniversary of his marriage to 
Bonnidell (Barrows) Clouse 
(Bryan faculty, '53 - '55). They 
have two sons: Gary, an attor- 
ney in Los Angeles, and 
Kenneth, an application engi- 
neer in New Orleans. They 
also have three grandchildren. 
Robert will continue serving 
First Brethren Church of Clay 
City, Ind., where he has been 
pastor for 38 years, and plans 
to continue writing. 

WILLOUGHBY, '56, and his 
wife, Charlotte, are serving 
with Biblical Ministries 
Worldwide. They ask for 
prayer for Cuba, the contro- 
versy arising from Jimmy 
Carter's statements while he 
was visiting there, and that 
the embargo will be lifted as 
it is hurting the common peo- 
ple. Also pray that they will 
be able to return to Cuba later 
this year. 

BOB HEARING, '56, is 
recovering from a heart attack 
and quadruple bypass sur- 
gery in March. He is working 
up to a full-time schedule 
with Child Evangelism 
Fellowship. Bob and his wife, 

Wanda, attended the interna- 
tional CEF conference in New 
Mexico in May. 


TAK) WIGGINS, both '60, 
have moved from Groton, 
Conn., to the Strausstown, 
Pa., area where Jim is the new 
associate pastor of evangelism 
and discipleship at Christ 
Evangelical Free Church. 

has changed schools, but con- 
tinues to work with grades 1- 
6 in St. Mary, Jamaica, West 
Indies. She also continues a 
ministry with a health clinic 
and prepares food packages 
for elderly and poor persons 
in an area near where she 

ALAN ARMENT, '67, has 
served for 19 years as a 
Christian school principal and 
as a pastor for six years. He is 
a director of training in the 
construction industry. 

PAUL, '68, and Sandy TIM- 
BLIN have completed 25 
years ministry in Germany, 
and have been busy with 
opportunities outside the 
Brake Bible Institute as well. 
Their son, Mike, graduated 
from Bryan College this May. 


PAUL, '72, and ANNETTE 
WARD are considering open- 
ing a Christian bookstore in 
Ulundi, the cultural center of 
Zululand, about 2 1/2 hours 
north of their home base in 
Empangeni, South Africa. 

Alice Thomas, Anice Griffin, 
Rebecca Ramsey, and Susan 
Davis, from left, are pictured dur- 
ing their visit to Bryan College. 


DAVIS, all '74, at her home in 
Dayton, Tenn., for a reunion 
that included a tour of 
Bryan's new campus. They 
visited with DR. RICHARD 
CORNELIUS, '55, and 
LOR, '64, while on campus. 

JAN LEININGER, '75, was 
married to William J. Nelson 
on Jan. 5. William and Jan live 
in Ellicott City, Md. 

MASTIN, '76, and NANCY 
SON, send their greetings 
from Camp Lejeune, N.C. 
Mastin is the deputy com- 
mander of the 4 th Marine 
Expeditionary Brigade (Anti- 
Terrorism). Mastin also serves 
as an elder in a local PCA 

The Robeson family includes, 
Mastin, Nancy, and Lee, in front; 
Charlie and Elizabeth Hall, 
Mastin and Alex in back. 

DOUG, '78, and Becky 
BLANTON have purchased a 
home in Dayton, Tenn., where 
two of their children, Wesley 
and Cyndi, are attending 
Bryan College this year. Doug 
continues to work in 
Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. 



lives in Sanford, Fla., and has 
a business making custom 
lampshades. Her husband, 
Buck, works as a TV and 
video producer at First Baptist 
Church in Orlando, Fla. They 
have three children, Luke, 21; 
Dan, 19; and Grace, 13. 

Jeff and MARTHA 
were busy this summer with 
the camping program of 
Bancroft Gospel Ministry in 

Kingsport, Tenn. Their daugh- 
ter, Sarah, will be a senior in 
high school this fall, and their 
son, Nicholas, is 3. 

JAMES, '81, and KAREN 
had a summer full of travel, 
with James attending the 
Wycliffe international confer- 
ence in Waxhaw, N.C., and 
Karen going to Papua New 
Guinea to be with their chil- 
dren, Philip and Susan. They 
then plan to travel to the 
States to see son Kent. They 
are in the final stages of trans- 
lating the New Testament into 
the Sa'a language. 

VET, '81, her husband, 
Gerard, and family serve with 
Christian Missions in Many 
Lands in France. Please pray 
for the family's ministry. 

Gerard and Anne Chalvet, 
Samuel, Jonathan, Sarah, and 

ALLAN, '81, and KATHY 
TRIGHT continue their min- 
istry with Missionary Athletes 
International in Matthews, 
N.C., where Allan works with 
the Charlotte Eagles profes- 
sional soccer team. The family 
has had three knee injuries 
this year. Their oldest daugh- 
ter, Kim, graduated from high 
school and plans to enroll at 
Bryan College this fall. 

BRUCE, '82, and JERRI 
(BECK), '92, MORGAN, were 
married May 11. The couple 
resides in Dayton, Tenn. 
Bruce serves at Bryan as dean 
of students, while Jerri coach- 
es the Lady Lions volleyball 

Greg and CHERYL (JOHN- 
SON), '84, RYLE will move to 
Haiti, where Greg will be 
interim program manager for 
Mission Aviation Fellowship. 

ALEC, '83, and TAMMY 
(GRAHAM), '84, HARRI- 

SON have decided to extend 
their furlough from ministry 
in Brazil to allow daughter 
Natasha to complete high 
school. They are continuing 
preparation for publishing the 
New Testament in the 
Xavante language. 

TITUS, '85, and Anya 
HANHAM announce the 
birth of their second son, 
Jonathan Edward Titovich 
Hanham on March 7. He 
weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces, 
and was 20 inches long. 
Jonathan joins big brother 
David, 3 1/2. 

Tim and BETH (BRAN- 
SON), '87, WOOD continue 
language study in Zimbabwe. 
They are monitoring a serious 
drought situation among the 
people of Manchanga and 
considering ways to lend aid. 

Keith and HEIDI 
are continuing revisions of the 
New Testament for the Bororo 
people in Brazil. Heidi contin- 
ues to struggle with the 
effects of chronic fatigue syn- 
drome, which has impacted 
their ministry plans. 

has been appointed assistant 
professor of English literature 
at Huntington College in 
Huntington, Ind. This posi- 
tion once was filled by the 
late Dr. Robert McCarron, for- 
mer Bryan faculty member. 

GARY, '85, and DEANNA 
continue their ministry in 
Mexico City. They rejoice in a 
growing attendance and 
membership at their church. 

GLENN, '87, and SHAW- 
NA (BUCKLEN), '86, 
McCLAIN, announce the 
arrival of their daughter, 
Helen, born March 21. 

works for the Office Depot 
corporate office and was 
recently promoted to regional 
training manager. She is being 
relocated to Maryland, but 
was able to stay in Florida 
until she graduated in June 
with a Master's degree in 
human resources manage- 
ment from Nova Southeastern 

Jon and ANNA (SMITH) 
VICKERS, '89, announce the 
birth of their third child, 
Rebekah Anne, on Jan. 26. 
Rebecca weighed 7 lbs., 9 oz., 
and was 21 1/2 inches long. 
She joins sister Abby and 
brother Joshua. The Vickers 
family lives in Fuquay-Varina, 
N.C., where Jon is director of 
business operations for 
RoleModel Software, Inc. 
They recently met Anna's 
brother, MARK, '91, and his 
wife, Lindsey SMITH, when 
the picture of their children 
was made. 


Andrew, Austin, Aidan, and 
Alexandra Margraff 

GRAFF, '90, and her husband, 
Paul, announce the birth of 
their fourth child, Andrew 
Bennett, on March 5. Andrew 
joins twin brothers Austin 
and Aidan and sister 
Alexandra. The family resides 
in Columbus, Ohio. Visit their 
family website at 
http: / / 
/ margraff s. 

STEVEN, '90, and MELIS- 
SA (JONES), '89, 
Carrollton, Texas. Steve is 
upper school dean of students 
at Trinity Christian Academy 
in Addison, Texas, and Melissa 
teaches piano and is pianist for 
Metrocrest Presbyterian 
Church. They are parents of 
Davis, 8, and Tara, 2. 

KEVIN, '91, and KARLA 

have completed classes - 
Kevin in mobilizing and Karla 
in Portugese - as they contin- 
ue ministry with Crossover 
Communications. They live in 
Columbia, S.C. 

Anna Rawls 

'92, and her husband, Jamey, 
announce the birth of Anna 
Saunders Rawls on Jan. 15. 
Anna joins her siblings Jacob, 
Abigail, and Jonah. 

KATHY (ROSE), '92, and 
John WAGNER continue their 
ministry with Bancroft Gospel 
Ministry in Kingsport, Tenn., 
where they were chapel 
speakers for day camp week. 
They also have assumed 
responsibilities as directors of 
the children and youth 
departments at their church. 

Aubrey Dawn Goss 

MARCUS, '92, and DAWN 
(RAMSEY), '90, GOSS 

announce the birth of Aubrey 
Dawn on Jan. 12. She 
weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces 
and was 20 1 /2 inches long. 
Aubrey joins big sister 
Peyton, 2. 

TERRY BROWN, '92, has 
been appointed pastor of 
Ogden Baptist Church near 
Dayton, succeeding ALAN 
WINKLER, '60, who retired 
in August 2002. Alan had 
served the church for 36 


Eric and Benjamin Starick 

Scott and TOMMI (REED) 
STARICK, '93 announce the 
arrival of Benjamin Otto, born 
May 5. Ben weighed 9 pounds, 
13 ounces and was 22 1/2 
inches long. He joins big 
brother Eric. The Starick fami- 
ly resides in Stoneville, N.C. 
Scott works for Atlantic Aero 
in Greensboro, and Tommi is 
establishing a catering service. 

Daniel Newmyer 


announce the birth of Daniel 
Anderson on May 4. He 
weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces 
and was 20 ? inches long. 

Caly, Corban, Peter, and Caleb 

CLAY, '95, and PORTIA 
(STONE), '93, CAUSEY, 

announce the arrival of Caleb 
Stone Causey, born on April 5. 
Caleb joins siblings Caly, 
Corban, and Peter Cade. The 
family resides in Knoxville, 

teaching English at L'Anse 
Creuse Public Schools in 
Detroit, Mich., and lives in 
Jeddo, Mich. She hopes to 
move her home to a "condo 
more centrally located/ 7 


toured Central and South 
America this summer with 
Book of Hope's World 
Outreach Ministry from 
Pompano Beach, Fla. He plays 
guitar with the praise team 
"Zamar" and drums with the 
band "Glass Angel." 

Kevin and KATHY 
announce the birth of their 
daughter, Hannah Kathryn, 
on May 31. Hanna weighed 7 
pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 
inches long. Kevin and Kathy 
are stationed with the Coast 
Guard in Wilmington, N.C. 
Kevin is the operations officer 
on the Coast Guard Cutter 

TARA LUTHER, '96, has 
taught in Kazakhstan, Korea 
and at Bryan since earning 
her M.A. degree in teaching 
English as a second language 
at Columbia International 
University in 1998. She has 
been accepted as a missionary 
appointee with Greater 
Europe Mission to serve in 
France, and is living in 
Dayton, seeking prayer and 
financial support. 

Presley Grace Dale 

(DAY) DALE, both '97, 
announce the birth of their 
first child, Presley Grace, on 
May 30. She weighed 7 lbs. 5 
oz. and was 19 1/2 inches 
long. The Dale family lives in 
Flowery Branch, Ga., and 
their e-mail address is 

AMY (CASTLEN), '97, and 
Heath SMITH announce the 
birth of their second daughter, 
Madelyn "Maddie" Ryan 
Smith, on July 9. Maddie 
weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces 
and was 19 inches long. 

married June 15. The couple 
resides in Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Daniel and Christie Walters 

received his Masters degree in 
Art and Religion from 
Westminster Thological 
Seminary in Glenside, Pa., in 
May. His wife, CHRISTIE 
(WILHOIT), '99, teaches his- 
tory at Delaware County 
Christian School. 

and Thomas Draper were 

Natalie Johnson 

SON, both '98, welcome 
Natalie Grace, born Feb. 21. 
The Johnson family lives in 
Milton, Fla., where Brad is an 
attorney and Liz is a home- 




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MARTY MANOR, '98, who 

served as a short-term mis- 
sionary in Slovakia, has been 
accepted by the Witherspoon 
Fellowship at the Family 
Research Council in 
Washington, D.C., to study 
how to articulate Christian 
values in the political arena. 
She hopes to begin work on a 
Master's degree in history at 
the University of Richmond, 
Va., in January 

DEB LAWSON, '99, was 
promoted to night shift assis- 
tant human resource manager 
for La-Z-Boy Tennessee in 



Karlee Terrell 

DAWN (SMITH), '99, TER- 
RELL and her husband, 
Marty, announce the birth of 
their daughter, Karlee Grace, 
on Jan. 31. Karlee weighed 8 
pounds, and was 21 inches 
long. Marty is youth pastor at 
Tega Cay Baptist Church in 
Fort Mill, S.C., and Dawn will 
teach part-time in a home 
school enrichment program in 
Mathews, N.C. The Terrell 
family lives in Charlotte, 
N.C, and their e-mail address 


OLIVIA FAGAN, '00, grad- 
uated from Marshall 
University Graduate College 
in West Virginia on May 11 
with a Master of Arts degree 
in school counseling. 

ON, '00, is working on dual 
Master's of Business 
Administration and Master's 
of Health Administration 
degrees and is applying to 

medical school for the fall of 
2003. Tabitha and her hus- 
band, Jon, live in 
Independence, Mo. 

KIMBERLY, '00, and 
Darrell BERGIN of Niota, 
Tenn., announce the birth of 
their third child, Samuel 
Almon Bergin, on May 30. 
Samuel weighed 7 pounds, 6 
ounces and was 20 inches 
long. He joins sisters Emily 
and Allison Grace. 

LAURA YATES, '01, and 
Rob Prout were married Feb. 
9, in Stone Mountain, Ga. 
Following a honeymoon in 
Madeira, Portugal, the Prouts 
live in Peachtree City, Ga. 
Laura is a teacher at Newnan 
High School and Rob is a 
salesman for Simco 
Technologies. Member of the 
Bryan family who attended 
the wedding included JEFF, 
'01, and JILL (REEVES), '00, 
ANDERSON, '02; and stu- 
dents Kim Vaughn, Jessica 
Hendrix, Quentin McCuiston, 
Whitney McChristian, Lizzy 
Murphy, Celeste Stanly, and 
Mr. Bernie Belisle. 

Laura Prout and Bryan friends 

'02, is on the staff of Campus 
Crusade for Christ at 
Marshall University in 
Huntington, WVa. 

Fall Enrollme 

Freshmen 157 

Transfer 31 

Total new students 188 

Continuing students 380 

ASPIRE students 43 

TOTAL 611 

The second-largest entering class in many years - 
188 freshmen and transfer students - enrolled in 
Bryan this fall, as the college launched a theme of 
"All for Christ." 

Students weren't the only newcomers, though, as 
the college welcomed 20 new faculty and staff 
members, including Academic Vice President Dr. 
Calvin White and Vance Berger, the new chief finan- 
cial officer who arrived early in September. 

Dr. Ken Boa, president of Reflections Ministries of 
Atlanta, Ga., spoke at the Spiritual Life Conference 
and convocation as the school year began. He chal- 
lenged the students with the theme "Conformed to 
His (Christ's) Image" during Christian Life 
Conference sessions. At convocation, he encour- 
aged the audience to be people who live life with "a 
renewed mind - fixed on Jesus Christ; a renewed 
heart - fixed on God; and with character - walking 
in obedience to God." 

Mark Cruver, director of admissions and enroll- 
ment management, reported that the entering class 
was made up of 43 percent men and 57 percent 
women. The average ACT score is 23, compared to 
a national average of 20.8. Entering students had an 
average high school grade average of 3.48. Thirty 
percent of the entering class came from Christian or 
private high schools, 37 percent were from public 
high schools, 27 percent were home school gradu- 
ates and 6 percent were from foreign school. 


DANNY KING, '02, and 
Anne Young were married 
June 29 in Dayton, Tenn. They 
plan to work several years 
before pursuing service in 
missions. Anne's parents are 
PAUL, '11, and BECKY (ELY), 
'76, YOUNG. 

Danny and Anne King 


announced that after being on 
dialysis for almost nine years, 
her husband, Clarence, 
passed away in May 

BALDRIDE, '47, died January 
6, 2000. 

died May 10. He is survived 
by his wife of 51 years, LOIS 

EREN, Honorary Alumna, 
died May 2. She was a retired 
librarian of Bryan College. 
She is survived by her daugh- 
ter, Dawn Adams. 

Bertrand "Cap" Miller, secu- 
rity supervisor for Bryan 
College from 1990 to 2002, 
died May 8. He is survived by 
his wife, Virginia, son, Bert, 
and daughters Tina Hood and 
Caren Manser. 

Alumni News 

What does it matter continued from page 4 

The Meaning OF Life? 

Why couldn't Nancy and Karen find 
enough happiness to make it through 
their difficulties? Is life such a puzzle that 
they were discouraged to the point of 
death? Was life so empty that a nihilistic 
song by Metallica was their only voice? 

Maybe they made a sensible choice. 
After all, if life has no ultimate meaning, 
then suicide is a viable option. French 
writer Albert Camus claimed, "There is 
but one truly philosophical problem, and 
that is suicide . . . Dying voluntarily 
implies that you have recognized, even 
instinctively, . . . the absence of any pro- 
found reason for living, the insane charac- 
ter of that daily agitation, and the useless- 
ness of suffering." 

But is Camus right? Is there no ulti- 
mate goal intended for all of us to 
achieve, a purpose to give meaning to our 
individual struggles? If there were, it 
would certainly make difficulties more 
bearable. Even Friedrich Nietzsche admit- 
ted, "He who has a why to live for can 
bear with almost any how." 

It Really Doesn't Matter 

French writer and philosopher Jean 
Paul Sartre concluded, "It is meaningless 
that we are born. It is meaningless that 
we die." 

Today's popular culture takes Sartre's 
emptiness and throws in our faces: "We 
are fooling ourselves if we think there is a 
hidden purpose lurking behind the joy 
and despair of our lives. The nature of life 
is simple, yet brutal. We are born, we live, 
we die. Get over it!" 

Such a meaningless view of life is not 
derived in isolation; it is a part of a 
greater whole; it is a mood that leaps 
from a worldview. Our beliefs about God, 
morality, and what happens when we die 
are tied permanently to the question of 

After Sept. 11, nonbelievers were visi- 
bly perturbed that so many people turned 
to God and still continued to believe in 
Him. Atheist magazine Free Inquiry devot- 
ed an entire issue to their concern, "From 
Ground Zero: The Search for Meaning in 
the Cosmos" (Winter 2001/02). Their mes- 
sage is simple: science tells us that there 
is no God so we need to "dance over the 
dark abyss" and enjoy life before we die. 

The problem is that science can only 
tell us how the world works, not why. 
Science can only give us knowledge of 
process not an understanding of purpose. 
Those who put their faith in science see 
the world through a narrow lens that was 
never designed to find meaning. 

As children of their culture, Nancy and 
Karen found no purpose in life that could 
deal with the pain they were experienc- 
ing. Suicide prevention professionals 
claim that the young women needed to 
find a meaning in life to compensate for 
the struggles they encountered. But where 
could they find it? 

Finding Meaning 

Times of loss, tragedy, or change make 
us stop and take a long look at life. 
Morrie Schwartz of the best-selling 
Tuesdays with Morrie, realized this when 
he was dying with Lou Gehrig's disease. 
He told his former student, sports writer 
Mitch Albom, that thinking about ulti- 
mate issues is excluded from most peo- 
ple's lives. 

"The culture doesn't encourage you to 
think about such things until you're about 
to die," he sighed. "We're so wrapped up 
with egotistical things, career, family, hav- 
ing enough money, meeting the mortgage, 
getting a new car, fixing the radiator 
when it breaks - we're involved in tril- 
lions of little acts just to keep us going. So 
we don't get into the habit of standing 
back and looking at our lives and saying. 
Is this all? Is this all I want? Is something 

Now, these questions dominate our 
cultural landscape as never before. 

So, while most of pop culture and nat- 
uralistic philosophers scream that life has 
no meaning, we have the challenge to say, 
"YES!" to life because we know the One 
who gives life meaning. The world does 
not need new ideas; it needs to see truth 
lived. In the words of Soren Kierkegaard, 
our purpose in life is simply "to make 
people aware of what is essentially 

For too long Christian agendas and 
actions have caused our culture to define 
Christianity for what we are against. In a 
world of despair and fear, our sacrifice, 
our giving, our love, and our truth will 
give rise to the notion that hope is vibrant 
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